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What Does Jesus Look Like?

By Rob Visher, a Parishioner at St. Joseph’s Parish, Downers Grove, and an Aspirant for the Diaconate |


My precious six-year-old daughter, Ellie, recently asked me what Jesus looked like. The conversation went something like this.

Boston Marathon

By Deacon Vic Puscas, the Diocesan Director of Formation for the Office of the Diaconate |


Once upon a time, I was a police officer. This fall, I will be running in the Boston Marathon in an attempt to raise money for the American Liver Foundation.

My Grandmother’s Rosary Beads

By Maggie Augustyn, a Parishioner at St. Pius X, Lombard |


I pray each night in my grandmother’s language of faith, a makeshift rosary, which I first remember from more than three decades ago.

The Beauty of Being Part of God’s Stained-Glass Windows

By Rebecca Siar, a Former Echo Apprentice in the Diocese of Joliet and Current Director of Campus Ministry at the St. John Paul Ii Newman Center (University of Illinois at Chicago) and President of Chicago's Chapter of Young Catholic Professionals |


There is something about a stained-glass window on a bright and sunny day.

Why Keep the Law

By Bishop Emeritus R. Daniel Conlon |


A public junior high school that I pass regularly has posted these words on its marquee recently: “Be honest. Don’t lie.”

What is Truth?

By Bishop Emeritus R. Daniel Conlon |


“Everyone who belongs to the truth, listens to my voice.”

Moments of Grace

By Dr. Michael Boyle, the diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools |


In moments of great challenge, there are moments of grace. This past year was certainly evidence of that.